Trump casts doubt on United States intelligence, calls Putin's meddling denial 'strong'

Putin lands in Helsinki for historic summit with Trump - The Jakarta Post

As U.S. President Donald Trump and Russia's Vladimir Putin prepare to meet in Helsinki Monday, thousands of Finns took to the streets.

Trump has made comments in the past about the European Union and continued to name Russian Federation and China as opponents in particular arenas of national activity.

In an interview with CBS News, Trump said his expectations for the summit were low. "I think the European Union is a foe, what they do to us in trade", Trump said. "Whoever says we are foes is spreading fake news", Tusk tweeted late Sunday during an EU-China summit in Beijing, without naming Trump directly. It doesn't mean anything. "They had bad defenses and they were able to be hacked".

Coats has maintained an extremely low profile, rarely making public comments, since President Trump appointed him past year.

Trump's European trip has been dogged by mass demonstrations. Near Trump's hotel, police roped off a group of about 60 mostly male pro-Trump demonstrators waving American flags.

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), who chairs the House Oversight Committee, said Trump should demand that the dozen Russian officials as well as the 13 Russian nationals already indicted by Mueller be brought to the U.S. "But I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today", Trump said. "I'm not going with high expectations".

Mike Murphy, a GOP consultant and Trump critic now at the Harvard Belfer Center, said he gave friends involved in national security a pass for joining the Trump administration.

Amid bipartisan condemnation of his embrace of a longtime US enemy, Trump sought to end 27 hours of recrimination by delivering a rare admission of error Tuesday. Russia's constitution forbids the extradition of its own citizens.

Trump and Putin will meet on Monday in Helsinki for their first stand-alone meeting since Trump took office in January 2017.

"I think Putin will be wonderful at this to say 'Oh My God, we had such great rapport, we just get along so well, ' - that is all that Trump really wants", Adelman told CNN's Don Lemon Friday.

U.S. President Donald Trump. REUTERS  Leah Millis
U.S. President Donald Trump. REUTERS Leah Millis

Trump said the two also discussed nuclear proliferation, calling it "one of the most critical challenges facing humanity", as well as Trump's meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un last month.

Putin, for his part, said he and Trump have maintained regular contact through phone calls and meetings at worldwide events but "the time has come to have a thorough discussion on various global problems and sensitive issues". Putin is regarded as creating a culture of violence and impunity that has resulted in the killing of some outspoken Russian journalists.

In the runup to the summit, Tusk delivered a blunt message to Trump to stop criticizing European allies.

"If I was given the great city of Moscow as retribution for all of the sins and evils committed by Russian Federation over the years, I would return to criticism that it wasn't good enough - that I should have gotten Saint Petersburg in addition!" he tweeted.

Trump also congratulated Putin on hosting the World Cup, calling it "one of the best ever".

Trump and Putin have met briefly at other events, but this will be the first time the two will have extended talks.

Trump's meeting with Putin in Helsinki was his first time sharing the worldwide stage with a man he has described as an important USA competitor - but whom he has also praised a strong, effective leader. They met previously on the sidelines of worldwide gatherings in Germany and Vietnam. "I think that getting along with Russian Federation is a good thing". Other accusations, denied by Moscow, include that it meddled in USA and European politics, supplied the weapon that shot down a passenger plane in 2014 over Ukraine and tried to kill a former Russian spy in Britain with a nerve agent. Huntsman said the summit must go on because Russian engagement is needed to solve some worldwide issues.

President Trump attacked the media Sunday as the 'enemy of the people, ' but in Russian Federation, where the accusatory term had currency and dire consequences during Soviet times, Trump has finally been getting some good press.

"We'll be talking about Syria", he said.

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